Eggs and dyes are the two central elements of Easter crafts. Decorating eggs perfectly isn't hard; just follow our tips.
Photography: Antonis Achilleos
To empty a raw egg, begin by using the tip of a sharp utility knife to pierce both ends of the egg; turn the knife in one of the holes to widen it slightly. Then, poke a straightened paper clip through the larger hole to pierce and "stir" the yolk. Hold the egg, larger hole down, over a bowl, and then blow the contents out with a rubber ear syringe (available at drugstores).
Protect your work area with paper towels or newspaper. Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 20 drops of food coloring (use more to intensify color) in 1 cup of hot water in a heatproof bowl, cup, or jar deep enough to let you submerge an egg completely.To create different tints of a color, vary dipping times: Submerge eggs for less than 5 minutes for light colors, and leave the egg in for 10 minutes or more for deeper shades. Using tongs makes handling the eggs easy.A drying rack made with pins and foam board keeps things neat. Learn how to make a drying rack by watching our video.To make a two-color egg, dye the whole egg first in a light color, let dry for 15 minutes, and then submerge half into a darker color (this idea works best for hard-boiled eggs).
Once you've learned the basics, try these egg-dyeing techniques:Wax-Resist PatternsMasked DesignsMarbleized Swirls
Sharp utility knife
Heatproof bowl, cup, or jar (for hot water)
Rubber ear syringe
Paper towels or newspaper
Food coloring in various colors
Drying rack made with pins and a foam board
For pre-blown eggs, visit lavendervalleyfarm.com
If you want to save eggs from year to year or turn them into ornaments to hang from branches, blow them out instead of hard-boiling the eggs before dyeing them.
Tip: Try dyeing different types of eggs in order to vary the sizes -- use quail for smaller and goose for larger. Also consider dyeing brown eggs to alter the range of colors you can produce.